Prague: How to get to the downtown from the airport?

It’s actually not difficult to get to and from the airport, but people are usually a bit intimidated taking public transit the first time. An airport taxi (AAA) will cost you about 500CZK. If you have the courage, I suggest you take the bus and metro to your destination (~1.50EU).

How to get to the downtown?

If you chose to take the bus, you’ll need to first withdraw some money at an airport ATM or exchange some cash at one of the exchange offices at the airport. You can buy a ticket for the bus at the airport kiosk just outside of baggage claim (ask for a bus ticket for 32 crowns). Alternately, you can buy a ticket in the ticket machines at the bus stop, but you will need Czech coins to do this (press the button for FULL FARE 32 CZK and insert the change). Next get on BUS #119 and VALIDATE your ticket in the small yellow machines (front-side of ticket up with the little arrows pointing towards the machine). Take this bus to its final stop DEJVICKA and follow the people down into the GREEN line metro station. Take the GREEN line to the center. The following are a list of stops on the green line:

  • Dejvicka- End of the green line
  • Hradcanska- near the castle
  • Malostranska – mala strana (the small side), by the river
  • Staromestska – old town, by the river
  • Mustek – Center, yellow line junction
  • Muzeum – Center, red line junction
  • Namesti Miru – Vinohrady
  • Namesti Jiriho z podebrad – Zizkov and Vinohrady
  • Florenc – Zizkov and Vinohrady
  • And a few others….

An alternate express bus can also be used from the airport. The name of this bus is “AE” and tickets must be bought on board from the driver (with close to exact change). If you take this bus, you can get off at DEJVICKA (GREEN metro line access), NAMESTI REPUBLIKY (YELLOW metro line access) or the main train station HLAVNI NADRAZI (RED metro line access).